Vector Core Concern

Hi, I just bought a mid 70s vector with the original merc straight six 150. The boat was used for 5-7 years after it was bought in the 70's and since then it has been in storage wrapped in plastic and hasn't seen daylight until last week.  I am rebuilding the engine and keeping it all original, however I read a question by a member who had a hull that was coming apart. Was that because of excessive pounding and wear and tear or is this a common problem with the vectors. My boats condition structurally and cosmetically is like the day it rolled out of the factory   but hearing stories like that always scare me your input would be appreciated.



The most common problem is core rot. The boat has a balsa core and if it got wet for any reason in the core, you will have structural failure soon after.




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